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Question DetailsAsked on 7/25/2017

If you know your back & side line does your property stop short of the road?

I know my back and side lines by fixed points, rock wall and upright granite stones. If I measure from the back line my deeded footage forward, it puts me at a point 50 feet short of the road. Do property lines extend forward to the roadway? Who technically owns the 50 ft to the road? All recorded surveys show the lines extending to the road, but on the face of the earth the numbers do not add up. Thank you in advance for your help/

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You say deeded footage - I assume you are talking about on the plat map (best source - from title recoding office, commonly at County Courthouse or County Clerk but sometimes at a state land office, rarely federal like BLM if surrounded by federal land or previously federal land.) Second choice but not always as accurate - the survey done a t time of purchase, commonly part of the title insurance folder you go when you bought.

Assuming the back corner you are coming from is actually your corner (not maybe an offset neighbor's corner), your property may go to the center of the street (with an easement for the street and maybe sidewalk and maybe utilities). Or it may go to the edge of a government-owned street right of way - which is commonly 20-30 feet each side of center for normal subdivision streets, more like 50' or so from centerline for low-traffic 2 lane county roads and small state highways, and can be as much as 100-200' or so from centerline for major highways and interstates. Sometimes there is a separate utility easement thrown in there - sometimes overlies edge of the road right of way, sometimes outside of it - but generally if outside of the road right of way is just an easement, still in your ownership.

Other possibility - the 50' is to an offset hub - a surfey point offset 50' from the center of road say, which might be the edge of a right of way or easement and your property might then extend further on to the edge or center of the road.

Best way to solve it - get a copy of the official plat page (would make it easier for them to look it up if you know the subdivision name and block and lot number (or if in rural area, the Section and quarter or sixteenth section your house is in) - that will show all ownership and easements, as well as the full title description or the plat sheet will have description of what the terms of the easements or right-of-way area - owned by government or utility etc, or if just easements giving them right of use for the designated purpose but is still your land.

If that does not clear it up, then you may need (with an unreduced copy of that plat sheet to provide them to save money in them getting one) to take it to a Land Surveyor to have them figure it out for you - commonly about $150-250 for one to come out and resurvey and wood restake your corners IF local survey control is intact - can commonly run 50-100% more if they have to go 1/4 mile or less to pick up local control points to bring "control" or precise location back to your property.

Commonly about $50 or so more for them to also (as part of the lot line survey) to set new metal rebar pins on back corners and as front offsets on your property line, typically offset 10' back from the edge of the paving or at the edge of the road easement or right of way, whichever is better to survive normal road maintenance work.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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